I found this rug on CraigsList a couple of years ago. She's a beauty! After some negotiation, I scored it for $160. The owner was decorating and anxious to get it out of the house. Being a Craigslist devotee, I knew a good deal and was the first person on her doorstep.This rug has gotten around in the few years I've owned it. She was in dire need of cleaning. Being a frugal lass, I couldn't justify professionally cleaning.
That's when I took it outside, plugged in the ole steam vac and had a go at it. Would it disintegrate? Become to heavy too move? Smell like a wet dog? Shrink?
It was hot Friday and I left it outside for 10 hours. I placed it up on 'risers' so air could circulate around it. After two runs with shampoo and water, and two for rinse, the only thing I noticed was dirty water and some fibers (kind of like it was shedding) in the tank.
Here is the rug after I brought it back into the house. Izzie decided the clean rug was the perfect place for her to pose for the after picture.
The rug looks great and there is no damage.
Sometimes it pays to break the rules.
Linda & Izzie